Waking up is hard to do!
Actually, I have no problem waking up. I can’t sleep past 0630 with bright sunlight pouring into my room around the blinds. So, I just get up.
When I wake up early on Saturday and Sunday, and everyone else is asleep, this is GOLDEN time for organizing my thoughts and planning for the week.
Sitting in my favorite spot in the kitchen with a cup of hot cinnamon tea, I enjoy the absolute quiet for a few sips.
Then, I grab the checkbook, and make sure all transactions are recorded using my bank app. When my checkbook and the bank information are reconciled, I know how much is available to me for bill-paying, grocery shopping, and other errands. Now, I can plan.
I only pay bills twice each month. If it is bill-paying time, I do that next. I pay most bills electronically, scheduling them to arrive a business day or two before the due date. I write the payment date and confirmation number in the check register with each transaction.
Next, I look at what I have in the refrigerator (and freezer and pantry) to inventory the available food. I jot that down in a notebook. Then, I make a meal plan. Planning only for the big meal of the day, I decide what will be served each night of the coming week (using items left from last week). As each meal is recorded, I list items needed on my grocery list. If there is cooking ahead to do, I like to get my shopping done early, so I have most of the day.
When I’ve taken this time to think, organize, and plan, I know my week will go more smoothly, and I’m ready to seize the day!